Fourth ‘Weave Town Talk’ event to feature Wayne Hemingway

Fourth ‘Weave Town Talk’ event to feature Wayne Hemingway

World-renowned designer Wayne Hemingway MBE, will be the headline speaker at the fourth Weave Town Talk on Thursday, September 7 at Macclesfield Town Hall.

The community-themed event will offer a rare insight into some of the leading creative minds helping to shape our urban future, and examine how to involve the creative industries in the regeneration of local communities. It runs from 6:30pm-9pm.

The ‘Town Talks’ series is part of Cheshire East’s Shift programme of digital activity, part-funded by the Arts Council. It brings high-profile sector leaders to the region, to stimulate debate and discussion on the creative and digital sector and raise the profile of these industries in the borough.

The talks are hosted by Weave, the newly-launched taskforce, which champions the sector and is co-ordinated by the council’s wholly-owned arms-length Skills and Growth Company.

Wayne Hemingway brings a unique understanding of the creative process – from building the Red or Dead fashion label, through to his Hemingway Design agency, which has led on numerous inspiring and high-profile regeneration projects, including the ongoing development of the Anfield district in Liverpool.

Speaking ahead of the event, Wayne said: “I am looking forward to visiting Macclesfield on 7 September and speaking at the WEAVE Town Talk event. Cheshire East has a huge potential to create spaces for its creative and digital businesses to thrive, and also ensure that future development reflects local creativity; to summarise we need places for creatives and creatives for places.”

Wayne will be joined by Katie Popperwell, who progresses cultural and creative industries partnerships for Allied London; developers of Manchester’s Spinningfields, the old Granada studios and London Road fire station.

Following the speakers, a panel question and answer discussion will focus on local regeneration schemes, enabling technologies, community co-creation and the resources required to further develop the towns of Cheshire East.

Councillor David Brown, Cheshire East Council deputy leader and cabinet member with responsibility for cultural services, said: The Shift programme continues to be a tremendous success for the council and this is yet another show of our commitment to the creative and digital sector. Opportunities to meet and speak with industry leaders such as Wayne are few and far between so this is a real feather in our cap.”

Councillor George Hayes, Chairman of the Skills and Growth Company, said: “We are delighted to welcome Wayne Hemingway to Cheshire East as part of the Weave Town Talks series of events. It is a fantastic opportunity to learn from his unrivalled experience in delivering creative and ground-breaking urban design projects.

“The Weave Town Talks events have been designed to enable greater networking and collaboration across the creative and digital sectors in Cheshire East. I would encourage people to attend and find out more.”

To book free places at this talk, and forthcoming talks, visit: and click on the ‘Town Talks’ link.

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